Book Reviews of The Front Runner

The Front Runner
The Front Runner
Author: Patricia Nell Warren
ISBN-13: 9780452263925
ISBN-10: 0452263921
Publication Date: 3/1/1988
Pages: 352
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.

4.1 stars, based on 8 ratings
Publisher: Plume
Book Type: Paperback
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This classic novel captures the fierce beauty and pain of a dedicated runner's dreams- and the prejudices that threaten a powerful homosexual love.

Harlan Brown had two passions in his life: running and Billy Sive. And he was convinced he could never have both. An outstanding track coach, he knew from the first moment he saw Billy that this lean, graceful front runner could be an Olympic competitor and the love of his life. Suspicions had forced Harlan's resignation from Penn State; an affiar with a student could finish his career. But macho, hard-driving Harlan couldn't keep running from his feelings...or from the desire in a beautiful young athlete's touch...
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"The most celebrated gay love story ever - 20th anniversary edition.
Introduction: "...and like countless other gay men groping in the dark for the pull cord which might bring light into the closet, I read her novel about true love between a gay track coach and his Olympic-bound runner with awed fascination. And I wept. Nor for the tragedy witch befell these gay literary icons, but for the ideals and principles they represented. Ideals which to this day are denied to gay men and women by our society---an by ourselves." Tyler St. Mark, Wildcat Press.

With ten million copies in 8 languages, THE FRONT RUNNER is the most celebrated gay love story of all time When they fall in love, they will enter a race against hate and prejudice that takes them to the '76 Olympics and a shocking, shattering conclusion.

I think this is a truly stupendous book. I've always felt that homosexuality was inborn and not a sin. If anyone wants to truly see for themselves how homosexual love is just as powerful and loving as heterosexual love, this is the book for you. I couldn't put it down.